Snowmergency Shopping List
Here in New England, we’re used to the snow.
Anyone who has been to one of our 79 locations the day before an anticipated snowstorm knows that New Englanders don’t mess around when it comes to snow day preparations!
MILK! BREAD! EGGS!
There’s a #FrenchToastAlert and everyone needs to stock up!
Making sure that you have all of the best snow day essentials is important. Here are a few items to take into consideration when preparing for your snowmergency shopping trip:
In the case of a power outage, you may be left without lighting for a significant period of time. Be sure to stock up on flashlights as well as extra batteries. We also now carry Market Basket brand batteries for your convenience!
Keep them in an easily accessible place. After all, if the power goes out and your flashlights are in the back of a packed closet, they won’t be much help! If you live in a home with more than one floor, it is also important to keep a flashlight available on each level. You don’t want to be stumbling down the stairs in the dark!
The hardest part of a storm of any kind is not knowing when you will be able to easily, and safely, leave your home next. That is why it is so important to stock up on non-perishable, easy-to-prepare foods. You should have at least a three-day supply of canned goods or other foods that will not spoil should you lose power.
The American Red Cross suggests that you supply your home with one gallon per person per day, keeping roughly a three-day supply. For example, if you are a family of four, you would want to have twelve gallons of water available.
It’s important to remember that in extreme cold, the pipes within your home or apartment can freeze, causing you to be without tap water. Keeping a supply of bottled water or gallon jugs in your home will help to keep everyone hydrated, fed (if you have a gas stove), and able to do other necessities such as brush their teeth or flush the toilet.
Just like lighting, you can easily lose your heat source if the power goes out. Keep in mind alternative heating methods, such as fireplaces or wood-burning stoves. Be sure to stock up on firewood or compressed logs to keep yourself and your family warm and toasty as the snow falls outside!
5. First Aid Kit
While your home should always have a first aid kit, they are particularly important during a storm. Make sure that your cabinet is stocked with essential first-aid supplies to treat most common injuries such as cuts, scrapes, swelling, sprains and more. Stock up on items such as bandages, aspirin, antibiotic ointment, cleansing wipes, and a thermometer to keep your family safe.
6. Baby Supplies
Items such as bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers are a must-have for any parent facing a snow storm. Be sure to swing by your local Market Basket’s baby aisle to make sure your baby has everything they need!
7. Pet Supplies
Don’t forget about your pets! The cold weather is truly life-threatening to our furry friends. Be sure to bring your animals inside to the warm safety of your home prior to any storm. In addition to shelter, make sure you are stocked up on pet food!
8. Sand, Salt, or Non-Clumping Kitty Litter
Walkways and steps are bound to be slippery during, and after, a snowstorm. Even after the snow has been removed, layers of black ice can take you or your family members by surprise, causing dangerous slips and falls! Having sand, salt, or even non-clumping kitty litter to sprinkle on these dangerous patches can help make them less slippery. We also sell pet-safe salt for melting the ice without putting the animals in danger!
9. Shovels and Snow Brushes
Did you know that you can pick up a shovel or snow brush from your local Market Basket? Whether you're new to the area or simply need a replacement for the one that was overused last season, a shovel is an absolute necessity to survive a New England winter. Don't forget the snow brush to clean off your car (so you can head to Market Basket for post-storm snacks!)
10. Fun Things!
Snow days are supposed to be fun! In addition to all of the necessities listed above, be sure to stock up on delicious salty snacks and comfort foods. Swing by your local Market’s Kitchen for mac and cheese, fried chicken, and other warm favorites. Don’t forget to grab some carrots to make your snowmen come to life!
Stay safe this winter, Market Basket shoppers! Wishing you warm and delicious snow days ahead.